In a program recorded on June 23, 1978, Charles Amirkhanian interviews San Francisco born composer David Cope. Born in 1941, Cope was at the time of this recording, a member of the faculty of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, but was for one year only teaching at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the author of “New Directions in Music,” “New Music Composition,” and “New Music Notation,” in which he sets out to catalogue new music notation in an attempt to codify or standardize the growing number of innovative notation schemes.
This program features an interview with Cope in which he describes his recent projects and defends the Midwestern music scene, citing composers John Marshall, Walter Mays, and pioneering American avant-garde composer John J. Becker. Also heard in this program are performances of Cope’s “Margins”, for trumpet, cello, percussion and two pianos, “Arena”, for cello and tape, “Triplum”, for flute and piano, and “Cycles” for flute and contrabass. The last hour of the program is then dedicated to Cope’s 1976 LP, “Navajo Dedications,” which features instrumental and electronic music inspired by the history and traditions of the Navajo people, including the work “Rituals” in which the composer performs on cello, wind chimes, bass drum and vocals, simultaneously.
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